For the next couple of months I will be sharing a new series here on the blog. I have been pretty caught up lately with painting practice and getting organised for the group art exhibition next month - more details on that soon. I will be sharing more aspects of my everyday life including my passion for healthy home cooking and healthy living from now on. This post will be the first of many about growing your own herbs and salad veg.
I was lucky enough to win garden coaching with David from Productive Gardens recently http://www.productivegardens.com.au/. He provided us with our choice of herbs and salad lettuces and helped us to plant them in our stacking garden last week. David will be providing us with his expert advice for 8 weeks.
We first saw the stacking garden at an Organic Fair a few years ago and bought it that year as a family Christmas present. Unfortunately our attempts to grow our own herbs and veg back then (at another house) failed due to a possum with a ferocious appetite for our near ripened cherry tomatoes. The possum also stripped our chilli plant to nothing more than a branch with twigs. We have a nice sunny spot at our current house on the back deck which is perfect for our stacking garden. No possums loitering around waiting to devour our produce - so far anyway! When I read about the opportunity to win gardening coaching with David, I knew it was perfect timing. Our stacking garden was looking rather sad for too long. Our family enjoys fresh produce and it will be a good way for our daughter to learn where food comes from and what it takes to grow what you eat.
We are growing Basil, Mint, Celery, Salad Burnet, Lettuce, Beetroot Leaves, Rosemary, Oregano, Parsley, Thyme, Spring Onions, Silver beet and Sage. Each level of our stacking garden has between 3-5 plants.
You can check out the stacking gardens here http://www.productivegardens.com.au/stacking-gardens/. They are perfect for apartment dwellers or people who don’t have the space for an in ground produce garden. They are the perfect height for kids to help with watering too. As long as you have a sunny spot and a little bit of time to water, you can grow your own herbs and salad veg which will save you $$. If you are like me and waste $3+ for a bunch of herbs or bag of salad mix only for it to go limp and horrible before you finish it, then a stacking garden is a great idea.
We decided to boost our planting with butter lettuce, kale and wheatgrass plants from Northey Street City Farm over the weekend. They are growing on the bottom level.
I’ll be posting regularly about how our garden is growing and will share some recipes using our home grown produce.
I made the pumpkin lasagna recipe found here: http://www.veggienumnum.com/2011/07/pumpkin-spinach-lasagna/ using a few sprigs of our thyme. I had to make a few substitutions. Packet lasagna sheets instead of fresh. was all out of cumin seeds so used cumin powder. I forgot to put the paprika in, but this dish was still tasty! Instead of ricotta cheese I made a white sauce instead. I used fresh chopped tomatoes instead of pureeing them and flaked almonds provided a nice crunchy contrast throughout the lasagna. It's a delicious recipe, I hope you'll try it!
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